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Eye That Never Sleeps How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln

The Eye That Never Sleeps

How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln

  • ISBN: 9781419730641
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2018


Price: $17.99

This wonderfully illustrated children's biography of the great nineteenth-century detective "evokes a mysterious and exciting old-fashioned tale of espionage" (School Library Journal).

Everyone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln, but few know anything about the spy who saved his life on the way to his 1861 inauguration! In The Eye That Never Sleeps, award-winning author and illustrator Marissa Moss reveals the true story of Allen Pinkerton.

A poor Scottish immigrant, Pinkerton became the first police detective in Chicago before opening the country's most successful detective agency. He solved more than 300 murders and recovered millions of dollars in stolen money. However, his greatest contribution was foiling an assassination plot against Abraham Lincoln.

The Eye That Never Sleeps is illustrated with a contemporary cartoon style, mixing art and text in a way that appeals to readers of all ages. The book also includes a bibliography and a timeline.


"Holmes (Secrets of the Dragon Tomb) employs a digital scratchboard technique for a woodcut look; the detailed illustrations invite detectivelike inspection, while the limited color palette and multi-paneled spreads evoke a graphic novel style . . . With a narrative that moves along effortlessly, his history of the company whose eyeball logo inspired the term “private eye” will keep aspiring sleuths hooked with its intrigue."
Publishers Weekly

"The real deal for history enthusiasts."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Few young people, besides history or Lincoln buffs, may know about this page in Lincoln’s life, making the book a useful addition to libraries. Digitally rendered scratchboard illustrations on dusty purple, brown, and orange backgrounds effectively recreate the Victorian era."
School Library Connection

"Moss evokes a mysterious and exciting old-fashioned tale of espionage here. Holmes’s carefully researched artwork, which he explains in a note, was inspired by newspaper mastheads, period fashion, and even board games from the era . . . A great pick for kids who can’t get enough spy stories."
School Library Journal

"Moss' prose is clear and engaging, filled with intriguing details . . . a thorough and compelling introduction to Pinkerton's work."
Kirkus Reviews

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